Police raid dagga plantation

2010-04-16 23:14
Cape Town - Police have arrested nine people and confiscated truckloads of dagga plants in a raid on a Rastafarian settlement on the Cape Flats, Cape Town metro police said on Friday.

Spokesperson Nowellen Petersen said metro and SA police raided Philippi's Marcus Garvey informal settlement on Thursday morning. Nine people were arrested for possession and cultivation of the drug.

"We found and confiscated 950 dagga plants growing in cordoned-off yards," Petersen said.

"The find was so big that we needed to utilise one big police truck and 10 police vans to transport the dagga to the Philippi East police station."

The dagga was in various stages of maturity, ranging from seedlings to fully grown plants.

A substantial amount of dried dagga seeds, compost and potassium spray hidden in plastic bags and boxes was also confiscated.

Petersen said police were forced to shoot rubber rounds when members of a "large crowd" began throwing stones at them. One person was injured and was later charged with public violence.

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